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'French and British Colonial Heroes in Africa'

Berny Sèbe, Birmingham University

Fri, April 16, 2010 | Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206

3:00 PM

The study of imperial heroes provides valuable insight into the very nature of imperialism in its French and British manifestations. In both countries explorers, missionaries, officers, and administrators manufactured and 'packaged' acts of heroic valor for home consumption.  The brave if misguided historic figures such as Marchand and Kitchener can best be understood in relation to the socio-cultural traditions of the two countries, which had distinct political and commercial aims.   

Berny Sèbe is a Lecturer in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Birmingham.  His interests include the decolonization of the Sahara as well as the cultural history of the French and British empires.  He is presently co-editing Echoes of Empire, a collection of essays assessing the two empires in Africa.  In 2007 he was a participant in the decolonization seminar organized in Washington, D.C., by the National History Center of the American Historical Association.

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